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Lethality and Warheads 10 month Placement 2020

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£18,000 Salary pro-rated over the 10 months
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What’s the Opportunity?

The Lethality team, based in Stevenage, are the Company’s design authority for Warheads. The function works on modelling and predicting target detection, missile engagement, warhead detonation and lethal performance and provide the expertise in these areas.

What will you be doing?

  • Gaining knowledge and applying an understanding of fuzing techniques, warhead technologies, lethal effects and lethality assessment modelling methods, to various types of missile systems in development by MBDA.
  • Carrying out conceptual design and trade-off studies of warheads and fuzes for different missile systems.
  • Investigating fuzing algorithms, warhead designs and missile terminal dynamics to assess the effect of different lethal mechanisms, with the aim of optimising the system’s lethality.
  • Using and developing various tools to aid warhead and fuze design, performance prediction and visualisation of the engagement endgame for effect analysis.The in-house tools are principally fast running analytical models written in MATLAB; however other tools are used, ranging from CAD design software to complex finite element style hydrocodes, applied to warhead detonations and weapon-target impacts.
  • Producing plans and reports to document studies in research, design, development, or qualification programmes.
  • Compiling and giving presentations describing studies, analysis of results, and conclusions, to varying levels of management personnel.

Depending on the stage of the project, there may be opportunities to support warhead or fuzing trials in the UK and internationally.

What are we looking for?

  • Working towards a Bachelors degree (minimum 2:2 honours) or equivalent in an Engineering, Mathematical or Applied Science discipline. Applicants with relevant post-graduate qualifications are also encouraged.
  • A willingness to learn new skills and the ability to apply newly gained knowledge to overcome engineering problems.
  • The ability to communicate ideas clearly, including technical information, both verbally and in writing.
  • The ability to work well both within a team and individually.
  • Desirable:
  • Previous experience in the use of MATLAB, however training will be provided as necessary.
  • Experience in other programming languages
  • Previous experience of tools such as ANSYS AUTODYN, PTC CREO (or other CAD tools) and MS Office would be advantageous, however train will be provided as necessary.

What would you get?

  • £18,000 Salary pro-rated over the 10 months
  • Flexible working hours
  • Paid overtime
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • Employee funded voluntary private healthcare
  • Sporting activities
  • Paid holiday
  • Fantastic site facilities
  • A share of the annual Company Bonus
  • On the job learning and development opportunities.

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London, South East